2018 Leaf vs e-Golf, BMW i3; Model 3 ills; what carmakers want; gas range anxiety: Today’s Car News

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A U.K. review of several popular electric cars, what carmakers really want to happen to fuel-economy rules, a new Jeep with old-fashioned gas mileage, vampires and phantoms in the Tesla Model 3, and range anxiety for gasoline-car drivers. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week’s most important green-car stories.

If you think range anxiety is a challenge for electric-car drivers, rest assured it was just as bad for gasoline drivers 100 years ago, before modern gas stations emerged.

A British magazine reviewed three older electric cars—including the Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3—against the new 2018 Nissan Leaf to see which they felt was best.

Environmental groups may tell you automakers want to kill fuel-economy rules entirely; that’s not really true—and now they’re getting nervous about what their lobbying may deliver for them.

The last Jeep Cherokee compact crossover we drove was in 2014; now we’ve tested the 2019 Cherokee’s fuel economy to see if it had notably improved. Not really.

Two of the more common problems with the Tesla Model 3 appear to be “phantom touch” and “vampire draw,” as reported by owners from January through the present.

That Pininfarina zero-emission hypercar you may have heard of? How about 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds—and a price of more than $2 million?

Finally, how about “smart license plates” that can communicate with onlookers? For those, you’ll have to head to Dubai.

Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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